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4 Giving: Your guide to community giving in the Lowcountry QUICK FACTS CHARITABLE GIVING BY SECTOR $484.85 BILLION AMERICANS GAVE IN 2021 Source: Giving USA $326.87 BILLION The total of giving by indviduals in 2021. $90.88 BILLION The total of giving by foundations in 2021, which has grown for 11 consecutive years. GIVING NUMBERS BY THE Religion Education Human Services Foundations Public-Society Benefit Organizations Health Organizations International Affairs Arts, Culture, and Humanities Environment and Animal Organizations $135.78 B $70.79 B $65.33 B $64.26 B $55.85 B $40.58 B $23.50 B$27.44 B $16.32 B


National Philanthropy Day is a special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the impact of philanthropy in the world around us. It’s a day to honor those people active in the philanthropic community who have made our lives, our communities and our world a better place. National Philanthropy Day, or NPD, celebrates the charitable work that EVERYONE does to make a difference and create an impact in their communities.

For more than 20 years, the S.C. Lowcountry Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has gathered on National Philanthropy Day to honor remarkable achievements by local individuals, foundations and corporate philanthropists who work in collaboration with nonprofit organizations. This year’s cocktail celebration and awards ceremony will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, at Holy City Brewing, 1021 Aragon Ave., North Charleston. Tickets and sponsorship information are available at



Nominated by The Coastal Community Foundation

Since 2017, Volvo has granted over $1.68 million to local nonprofit organizations through the Volvo Car US Operations Community Fund of Coastal Community Foundation. Through their giving, Volvo supports organizations that share their values of safety, quality, education and protecting the environment. The Volvo Cars Community Investment Grant Program is led by members of their Community Advisory Group who will accept and review funding proposals from qualified organizations. Based on these submitted applications, these leaders will recommend funding groups that match the priorities of the surrounding region. This has resulted in area nonprofits receiving nearly 350 grants in the last five years with an average grant size just shy of $5,000.

Volvo’s leadership encourages both their own employees and other businesses to contribute philanthropically to the local community. Members of the Volvo team are local volunteers, board members and donors of many area nonprofits. Recipients include Charleston Southern University, Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired of SC, HALOS, Operation Home, Lowcountry Orphan Relief, East Cooper Meals on Wheels, Charleston Legal Access, American Red Cross Lowcountry Chapter, MUSC Foundation, Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, Metanoia, East Cooper Community Outreach, Avian Conservation Center, Trident United Way, Lowcountry Food Bank, and many more.


Volvo Cars US Outstanding Corporation

Sydney Severance Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Dr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Reves Outstanding Individual Philanthropists

Social Venture Partners Charleston Outstanding Organization

Leigh Jones Handal

Outstanding Fundraising Professional

Winners were determined by an AFP committee that evaluated each individual nomination. Many nominations were collaborative, with several nonprofit organizations working together to nominate an individual or foundation that has made an impact on more than one group.


When: 4:30-6:30 p.m., Nov. 15 Where: Holy City Brewing, 1021 Aragon Ave., North Charleston Tickets: Available online at tinyurl. com/thankfulcharleston

For more information and to see a list of past winners, go online to www.

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Throughout their lives, the Reves have consistently prioritized philanthropy, community service and volunteer leadership focused on making the human condition better for all.

Margaret Virginia “Jenny” Cathcart Reves is a 1968 graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina Medical Technology Program. Raised and educated in Charleston, Dr. Joseph Gerald “Jerry” Reves graduated from MUSC’s College of Medicine in 1969. In 2001, he became Dean of the MUSC College of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs.

Together, the Reves have invested their time and treasure in numerous scholarships, endowments, and programs with numerous institutions. Leading by example and with compassion, they have inspired countless others to contribute millions of dollars to both the MUSC Arboretum and scholarships for under-represented minorities in medicine. Most significantly, Dr. and Mrs. Reves led the formation of and have remained the driving forces behind the MUSC Arboretum since 2010. This impressive curation of horticulture can be experienced anywhere on the university’s 75-acre main campus.



Social Venture Partners is a group of experienced, skilled professionals and community leaders applying a highly engaged approach to philanthropy. Formed in 2009, SVP Charleston is a diverse group of professionals who combine their time, expertise and resources to make strategic investments in Lowcountry nonprofits, using a venture philanthropy model. SVP “investments” follow an innovative philanthropic model that brings expertise and giving together to build capacity and improve success of high-potential, growth-minded nonprofits.

Social Venture Partners is the only organization like it in our community. In 2021, SVP Charleston reached a milestone of $1 million granted to numerous Charleston nonprofits. While the financial support has been critical for these organizations, SVP’s experiential capital is often what has been most impactful: strategic plan development, program design, leadership development, human resources, marketing and communications, board development and governance, outcome measurement and program evaluation.



Leigh Jones Handal, MA, is a career professional experienced in nonprofit management, development, public relations, event management and media relations.

As a pioneer in the field for more than 20 years, Leigh has been instrumental in transforming each nonprofit she has served. She’s dedicated her expertise to a variety of leadership roles with organizations including Winthrop University, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, Historic Charleston Foundation, Charleston School of Law, Pet Helpers Adoption Center and the Preservation

Society of Charleston. Leigh currently serves as Chief Advancement Officer at American College of the Building Arts.

An avid historian, Leigh is co-editor of the City of Charleston’s official Tour Guide Training Manual and organized Historic Charleston Foundation’s annual spring house and garden tours for 13 years, as well as the Preservation Society of Charleston’s fall home tours. Additionally, Leigh is the author of two interesting Charleston reads: “Lost Charleston” (Pavilion Publishing, 2019), and “Storied & Scandalous Charleston” (Globe Pequot, 2022).

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In 2020, Sydney Severance went from being an active teenager and competitive tennis player to wheelchair bound. After months of debilitating pain and no answers, Sydney and her family received the suspected diagnosis of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome with craniocervical instability (EDS/CCI), explained by her doctors as being like trying to keep your skull attached to your spine with rubber bands.

Traditional MRIs don’t detect this condition, so Sydney required an upright MRI, advanced technology that detects problems that can’t be seen when a patient is lying down. Because there is not an upright MRI in Charleston, Sydney and her family were forced to travel in her debilitating condition to confirm her diagnosis. For this reason, it often takes years, before patients receive a diagnosis of EDS/CCI. “No one should have to settle for just barely surviving,” Sydney said. “Everyone should get a

chance to live their life to the fullest.”

Her own experience inspired her to establish Operation Upright, a personal fundraiser with a

goal of raising $1.2 million to bring an upright MRI machine to MUSC in Charleston. Even though Sydney is primarily bed bound at this time, her level of compassion, outreach and advocacy for helping others also suffering has only amplified. She has a strong presence for teenagers online who are dealing with the mental challenges of hEDS.

She was part of the inspiration for a congressional request to provide NIH funding for research and clinical programs on hEDS which has now passed through Capitol Hill. She is a member of the investigative team at MUSC and is actively engaged in hEDS research in the lab.Even mo re, Operation Upright is nearly 90% toward reaching its financial goal for an upright MRI. Because of Sydney, new discoveries will be made, better patient care will be possible, and the NIH will provide a significant investment into a disease that has been ignored for too long.

Coastal Community Foundation awarded more than $467,000 to 135 students throughout our nine-county service area for the 2022-2023 academic year, thanks to our donors’ commitment to improving access to higher education in our communities. Find out how scholarship funds and other philanthropic funds at CCF can help you advance your charitable goals at

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Anyone who has worked in corporate philanthropy can wax nostalgic about the good old days of fundraising when money just flowed in through generous corpo rate gifts. Those gifts seem harder and harder to procure these days because of, well, pick your reason: changing workplace cultures, COVID, shifting work forces, philanthropic paradigm shifts.

The bottom line, as with many things remembered from “the good old days,” is that those days were also full of struggles and challenges, and corpo rate funding was rarely just an altruistic gift out of the blue.

As we see shrinking corporate engagement, it is an easy and dangerous habit for fundraisers to fall into a “What are you going to do?” attitude.

So, what ARE we going to do? For starters, let’s look at the previously mentioned reasons for this shift. They are very real.

Workplace cultures have evolved. Employ ees increasingly want input on the philanthropic front of the companies they work for. And com panies that want to hire and retain quality staff will, to an extent, listen to their staff’s desires.

COVID has had a major hand in shaping workplace cultures. Remote/hybrid work is stan dard for many businesses now, and for organi zations such as Trident United Way that have historically relied on in-person corporate presen tations, this presents new fundraising challenges. I can tell you firsthand that giving a campaign presentation over Zoom is far from ideal.

Corporations have shifted their philanthrop ic leanings as well. Over the past several years, some corporations have taken on more activist roles, particularly in areas such as social justice and climate change. Twenty years ago, it would have been highly unusual to see a company, large or small, plant its flag on a social or political is sue. Now, entire marketing campaigns center

around them.

So, what do these changes mean to the corpo rate fundraising world? Quite simply, we are pre sented with choosing one of two paths: evolve or dissolve. “The good old days,” the ones that never actually were “good,” aren’t going to suddenly reappear. We need to be part of these changing workplace trends and emerge as strong corporate partners to those who support our mission.

This is a time when giving is at an all-time high. The Giving USA 2021 Study said charitable giving hit a record-breaking $471 billion in 2020. That 5.1 percent increase was in the face of a 2.3 percent decline in GDP, according to Forbes. However, while the increase in individual giving rose 2.2 percent, giving by corporations dropped 4.1 percent. Collectively, we as nonprofits have not aligned corporate growth with the upswing in individual philanthropy, and it’s an issue that must be solved.

Even in times of economic downturn, indi vidual giving exceeds corporate giving, particu larly during natural disasters and around social justice issues. That was exemplified here in the tri-county area during the uncertainty of the early pandemic when Trident United Way raised over $500,000 for a COVID Response Fund to

aid our partner agencies. This was the largest single disaster fundraising effort in our organiza tion’s history and was championed by individuals as well as corporations, proving a powerful align ment between the two is possible.

If we want to harness these record-setting donations, then we, as fundraisers, need to listen to the employees who are driving workplace phi lanthropy and strive to offer them opportunities that align with their goals.

Additionally, we need to acknowledge that potential donors want more than a transactional relationship. When some workplaces told us that they were unable to facilitate workers going off site to volunteer, Trident United Way developed various kits that could be delivered and assem bled at the company’s location of choice.

The sense of purpose that comes with service through volunteer work is an ever-growing desire from employees. Successful businesses will lis ten, and successful nonprofits will evolve to meet them where they are. Because like any for-profit business, in this quickly changing landscape, nonprofits, too, must evolve.

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At Coastal Community Foundation, we’ve spent the past 48 years partnering with individual donors, families, businesses, community stakeholders — and the nonprofit part ners they support — to improve the quality of life of our communities and ensure that everyone has a pathway to achieve their goals.


With the skyrocketing costs of housing and disparity in wages, many in our community struggle to make ends meet. The ability to secure safe and affordable housing, gain access to capital to start or expand a small business, or compete for jobs with higher wages, benefits, and a career ladder will move people toward economic security and help stabilize our communities. Our fundholders recognize these issues and other basic needs, like food security, and have granted $6 million this past year. We’ve been pleased to partner with multiple nonprofits on economic mobility and are grateful to strategic funding partners like Boeing who have allowed us to fund projects in this space.

in our service area to emphasize the importance of self-care and normalize the conversation about mental health for those working in the regional nonprofit sector. Addressing health disparities and encouraging positive lifestyle changes creates opportunities for all to experience sustained wellness that can result in a strong sense of satisfaction, confidence and belonging.


Through community conversations that we’ve hosted over the past six years, our coastal residents have shared many insights that guide the work we do today. With this collective wisdom and the work of our nonprofit partners throughout the region, we’re privileged to lift up six critical themes the community has expressed as areas of opportunity and highlight how CCF is partnering with nonprofits and donors on these issues.

Throughout our family of foundations and supporting organizations — Coastal Community Foundation, Waccamaw Community Foundation, Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation, Jewish Endowment Foundation, and the Saul Alexander Foundation — we’ve granted $24 million toward these issues during our last fiscal year.


Education is the fundamental building block of a successful community. By providing highquality public education to all children, as well as ensuring they can attain higher education and workforce training and development, we will grow vibrant and diverse communities with thriving local economies.

Our foundations invested more than $6.2 million from July 1-June 30 in scholarships and education programs and we’re proud that our grantmaking programs have been able to share significant financial resources to numerous organizations throughout our nine-county region. Over the past three years through our Catalyst grant program, we’ve been proud to support Communities in Schools and Teach for America with substantial funding of $1.1 million and $700,000 respectively.

Building on the success of our place-based impact investing fund, we continue to provide much-needed capital for solutions that increase economic mobility for our coastal residents. Through funding from the 1772 Foundation, we are partnering with Community Works Carolina to provide funding for minority and women-owned businesses in our southern counties of Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper.


Every hurricane season, we’re reminded that the beauty of our coastline also includes the danger of potential storms to our region. As a foundation, we understand that resources are necessary during times of critical need and we work with donors and nonprofit partners to raise and disburse funds in times of crisis, especially for those communities that lack sufficient resources to prepare for and recover from these naturally occurring disasters. In addition to providing leadership in times of disaster, we proactively support and protect the beauty of the Lowcountry. This year, we’ve distributed $1.5 million toward coastal resiliency and environmental-related efforts, building on the investment of over $27 million in grants to conservation organizations over the past 25 years.


Physical and mental well-being is the result of a variety of positive behaviors and choices which enable us all to live our healthiest lives possible. Our collective experience with COVID highlighted the importance of this issue and we’re proud that our collective foundation provided almost $2.5 million in grant support to these efforts. In addition, we introduced a Culture of Care pilot program to address the needs of nonprofit grantees

With more than 30 people relocating to our region daily, the prospect of “losing our identity” is very real. This past year, our foundations made more than $5 million in grants to support our arts and culture as well as social justice projects. With a focus on equity, access and inclusion, we work to ensure all coastal South Carolinians live in a community where they can belong, thrive and contribute. We believe in communities that embrace the diversity, culture and expression of all its citizens. To that end, we will continue to capitalize on the work already begun through the Racial Equity Institute combatting anti-Semitic hate crimes, promoting racial understanding and healing, and building local nonprofit capacity for social, economic and environmental justice.


Philanthropy is a powerful tool in charting a brighter future for coastal South Carolina. Simply put, we are proud to partner with individuals, families and businesses who want to follow their personal donor intent and passions to improve the quality of life of our communities. We have an almost 50-year history of assisting families in cultivating their philanthropic legacies and including successive generations in the giving process. Our fundholders invest extensively in our community and donor-created funds account for almost $21 million of the Foundation’s $24 million of philanthropic grantmaking annually.


Throughout our 48-year history, we’ve always been privileged to work with thousands of individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofit partners who want to “be the reason why” our communities thrive for everyone. For more information about the work we do an how you can get involved, visit

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there’s a deeper reason that so many people love the holidays. They are so much more than just the cooking a feast for friends and family for Thanksgiving, lighting the meno rah, decorating a Christmas tree, or looking at the lights at one of our sce nic parks. I think the reason people love the holidays is that they are spending time with people they love and taking part in traditions they love doing. This holiday season, con sider inviting your fam ily to take part in a new giving tradition.

Choosing to make charitable giving de cisions as a family or sharing your giving philosophy with family members can be a rewarding decision and a way to pass on your philanthropic and moral legacy. For family philanthropy to be most effective, it’s important to be thoughtful.

First, identify the values that guide your de cision making. Values are the characteristics we hold in highest esteem, of greatest personal im portance and worth. They reflect our core prin ciples and how we live our lives. As you think about your values and traditions, take the time to have meaningful conversations with your family and learn what has guided their past giving deci sions and motivations for the future. Ask inten tional questions around the dinner table, or over FaceTime, to learn more about your family’s phil anthropic legacy such as:

• What was your most meaningful gift?

• How was philanthropy discussed in your family growing up?

• One hundred years from now, what do you want people to remember about your family?

• What is your first memory of being charitable?

• Who in your life has outwardly ex pressed generosity at a high level?

Consider writing a family giving statement

that addresses your core values. You can choose to write this individually or invite family members to join you around the table and compile a family list. Maybe you type these up as a reminder when giving requests come throughout the year, to be able to make your philanthropic legacy even more meaningful and targeted.

Once you’re decided on a reason for giving, it’s time to act! Whether you are volunteering together as a family or sitting around the dining room table deciding where to make your chari table gifts, find a way to do it together. Remember to tailor the activities based on your family mem ber’s age and interests. Here are a few ideas to get you started throughout the year:


• Divide allowance between Spend, Save, and Share jars

• Donate their first toys after they no lon ger use them

• Make cards for first responders


• Organize a neighborhood food drive

• Bake a special treat for an elderly neigh bor

• Make cards and letters for troops over seas

• Adopt a family during the holidays or buy toys for an organization like Toys for Tots


• Host a birthday celebration at a non profit where everyone volunteers

• Help younger students with homework after school

• Volunteer to help teach technol ogy classes at a Senior Center


• Organize a family fundraiser

• Get your hands dirty in a community garden

• Coach youth sports

Remember that giving isn’t something comes naturally to everyone; however, giving is some thing that can be taught. And don’t forget to talk

about the work you are doing with your fam ily. The “Women Give 2013” study done by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy found that children whose parents talk to them about giving are 20 percent more likely to give to charity than children whose parents don’t discuss giving with them. Note: it’s never too early (or too late) to start these conversations!

The holiday season is a busy season, which makes it even more important to set aside time for the activities and events that are most meaningful to our families, and that can pass on the values we care most about. Using inspiration from your core values or your family mission statement, start a new giving tradition this year.

• Decorate a pumpkin by writing all the things you are grateful for with a Sharp ie. Use this as your holiday table’s cen terpiece.

• Give each child 10 pennies and have them allocate it between causes and nonprofits they care about. Once they have made their decisions, let them know that your family will donate $10 for each penny that they allocated to each nonprofit, totaling $100!

• Make a gift in memory of a loved one who recently passed away.

• At a restaurant with friends or family, leave a extra generous tip and see if you can leave before getting noticed!

• Start a log of your philanthropic activi ties and lessons learned. Review it to gether this time next year.

If the holidays this year speed by in a blur, don’t wait until next year to jumpstart your family philan thropy. Start your new year with New Year’s Giving Resolutions. Make a goal to increase your financial contributions, or give more of your time as well, to a nonprofit you care about in the new year.

Helen Wolfe is the Senior Director of Devel opment and Stewardship at Coastal Community Foundation. She is a 21/64 Certified Advisor in Family Philanthropy and is passionate about help ing connect donors to causes they care about and define the legacy they want to leave.

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Living at or below the poverty level ($27,500 for a family of four) fosters an unstable and sometimes chaotic daily life for individuals and families here in the tricounty. Not knowing where your next meal is coming from or where you and your children will sleep tomorrow creates a frantic mindset. It is difficult to think beyond the present mo ment. Without daily stability, it is not possible to consider applying for a better job, putting mon ey into a savings account, or completing GED coursework.

Trident United Way recognizes that the integration of two impact areas, Basic Needs

and Financial Stability, can lead to better overall financial outcomes. Our initiatives begin with addressing the basic needs of our clients, followed by developing skills, increasing income and savings, and, finally, gaining and sustaining assets.

Through these initiatives, Trident United Way is able to partner with other local nonprofit agencies to improve financial outcomes for our neighbors around the tri-county area.

Recently, Trident United Way was pleased to serve as a subgrantee of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, in partnership with the United Way Association of South Carolina, to award grants to 18 local organizations providing housing stability services.

The United Way Association of South Carolina was awarded $11 million in federal funds from SC Housing. These funds were allocated to 39 South Carolina counties through local United Way affiliates. Trident United Way was tasked with dispersing funds exclusively for Dorchester County, as Berkeley and Charleston counties had already received and expended direct federal funds for this purpose. While the funds were specifically allocated for Dorchester County, recipients of the services can reside in Berkeley, Charleston or Dorchester.

“Trident United Way was thrilled to receive this $1.25 million award for housing subgrants, which will provide funding to 18 of our Dorchester County community partners,” said

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Volunteers from Blackbaud help with a recent Habitat for Humanity project in the Lowcountry. (Photo/Trident United Way)

Associate Vice President of Community Impact Cathy Easley. “This ensures these partners can continue to help community members apply for housing assistance with SC Stay Plus and other local organizations through the end of the year, which is a tremendous opportunity for our community.”

Affordable housing is one of the most critical resources for economically successful communities, like the Charleston area. Ensuring

that all of our neighbors have housing stability as our area continues to grow is the responsibility of the entire community. Trident United Way is honored to support these 18 impactful subgrantees toward furthering the goal of creating more and better resources for all.

All subgrantees will report their outcomes to Trident United Way after Dec. 15, at which time results will be shared with the community.

The following organizations each received up to $50,000 in subgrants in this round of funding from Trident United Way:

• A Second Chance Resource Center Network United Inc.

• Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation

• Charleston Area Urban League

• Charleston Legal Access

• [Charleston] Pro Bono Legal Services

• Children in Crisis Inc DBA

Dorchester Children’s Advocacy Center

• Community Resource Center

• Dorchester County Community Outreach

• Dorchester Resource Connection Center TUW

• Family Services Inc. DBA Origin SC

• Father to Father Inc


• Increasing H.O.P.E Financial Training Center

• Magdalene House of Charleston

• Mental Health HEROES

• One80Place

• Ridgeville Community Resource Center Inc.

• The Joy of Jesus Ministries

Services covered under these grants include:

• Eviction prevention counseling

• Eviction diversion counseling

• Housing counseling

• Mediation between landlords and tenants

• Fair housing counseling

• Case management (as part of housing stability)

“Father-to-Father is happy to partner with Trident United Way to provide the tools necessary to help members of our community get back on their feet. Our H2O (Housing to Home Ownership) Program offers a six-week course for our fathers to learn how to navigate the housing market and become home renters or owners. This funding has enabled us to offer two separate courses this year. We are grateful to Trident United Way and SC Housing to have the opportunity to offer these resources to our fathers.”

community giving in the Lowcountry

• Housing-related services for survivors of domestic abuse or human trafficking

• Legal services or attorney’s fees related to eviction proceedings and maintaining housing stability

• Specialized services for individuals with disabilities or seniors that support their ability to access or maintain housing

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Volunteers from Liolio Architecture help build a deck and stairs at a recent Habitat for Humanity project in Charleston. (Photo/Trident United Way)

Trident United Way Tri-County 211 Helpline Requests

2021 vs 2020:

• Financial assistance with rent and utilities, + 206% increase in need

• Housing needs (staying safe, dry, warm and fed), + 204% + 206% increase in need

• Homeless motel vouchers, +148%

• Mortgage assistance, + 37%

FY 2021-2022 Traffic Overview

• 13,702 Total Calls (tri-county region)

• 24,286 Total Referrals (tri-county region)

• 140,400 Website Visits (statewide)

• Top Caller Needs: Electric Assistance (20% of calls) and Rent Assistance (20% of calls)


SC 2-1-1 is a free and confidential 24/7 service providing resources for individu als seeking assistance in a wide number of areas, such as financial help with paying rent and utility bills, low-income or subsidized hous ing, and, more recently, a range of information and services from the Department of Social Ser vices (DSS). Services within DSS include TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program), Food and Nutrition Programs (emer gency food assistance, programs for seniors, healthy eating activities), childcare assistance and child well-being services.

DSS also provides Benefits Screenings for these programs, which is a vital service, as federal guidelines can change each year. With regular screenings, community members ensure they receive all assistance for which they are eligible. These programs are designed to strengthen families and maintain financial stability.

From anywhere in the tri-county, a user

can simply text “211-211” followed by one keyword and they will immediately be directed to the resources they need. The four keywords are “food”, “home”, “electric” and “DSS”, and referrals for each of these services are available in every zip code or county across South Carolina. Once you text a keyword, the system will automatically respond to ask for a zip code. From there, the user will receive information on agencies that can provide direct assistance. It’s that easy!

The 2-1-1 Helpline service has been available for some time via phone and on the web (sc211. org), but on Feb. 11, 2022 (2-1-1 Day) a texting option was added as a result of the United Way Association of South Carolina’s diversity work in an effort to broaden the service’s reach.

In an effort to reach more community members that may have a language barrier or safety concern that would make phone calls challenging, a texting option was made available in both English and Spanish. This system enhancement allowed for clear, written

responses in two languages and provided a more discrete means of communication so that people who feared for their safety in their homes, including LGBTQ youth and domestic violence victims, could reach out without making a phone call that could be overheard. It also offered privacy for those who may not want to have a conversation about their current needs or conditions. Texting also provides opportunities for community members who may have a cell phone, but no cellular plan, to reach out via free Wi-Fi hotspots around the tri-county.

Calls from tri-county residents to the helpline have remained steady since the pandemic; more than 13,000 calls per year, or more than 1,000 calls a month on average.

“2-1-1 texting has had a very healthy start. We have seen a lot of texts come in month over month, especially with the addition of the keyword DSS,” said Director of SC 211 Services Katie Reams. “We look forward to the continued growth of the program and the support this service will offer the tri-county.”

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Giving: Your guide to community giving in the 15 American Heart Association 17 Bishop Gadsden 19 Charleston Promise Neighborhood .................................... 21 Lowcountry Food Bank 23 South Carolina Aquarium 25 Trident United Way ............................................................. 27 Water Mission 29 NONPROFIT SPOTLIGHTS The following nonprofits are featured in this section: NONPROFIT SPOTLIGHT


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To be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.


NAME OF YOUR ORGANIZATION: American Heart Association

YEAR ESTABLISHED LOCALLY: Established our Charleston office in 1990, nationally founded in 1924

TOP LOCAL EXECUTIVE: Katie Schumacher, Executive Director

CONTACT INFORMATION: 887 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite 110 Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-480-4910


TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET (2021-2022): $2.5 million

PERCENT OF REVENUE DEDICATED TO PROGRAM SERVICES: 80 cents of every dollar goes back to fund several programs, such as innovative and lifesaving research, critical educational programs, advocacy and lifesaving CPR trainings in the Lowcountry.

GEOGRAPHIC AREA OR SPECIFIC POPULATION SERVED: We are honored to serve Berkeley, Dorchester and Charleston counties.

GREATEST NEED: The American Heart Association is committed to advancing health equity — which can exist only when all people can have the opportunity to enjoy healthier lives. We’re removing barriers to health through work in communities, scientific research, advocating for healthy policies and more. Please join us on this critical journey.


Our local American Heart Association positively affects the Lowcountry community in many ways. They are present in each restaurant where you can breathe clean, smoke-free air. They are also present in every hospital where doctors save countless lives with technology developed from research funded by our organization. For almost thirty years, the American Heart Association has funded more than $23 million in research here in Charleston.

In addition to advocacy, we are teaming up with 200 local African Methodist Episcopal churches by educating parishioners about high blood pressure. The AME church partnership is teaching participants how to “know their numbers” and is providing resources to help people live a longer, healthier life.

We are currently working with Charleston County Public Libraries to implement a selfmonitoring blood pressure loaner program.

The program will be implemented at three branches — Edisto, McClellanville, and Hollywood. Library patrons will have the opportunity to check out blood pressure cuffs and receive blood pressure monitoring education with a Registered Nurse who is employed by CCPL.

We are also dedicated to improving the lives of our children. Thousands of students in the Lowcountry participated in our Kids Heart Challenge, which supports our youth’s physical and emotional wellbeing.

This past year we were able to work with other local non-profits to improve access to an Urban Farm for one of most vulnerable communities in Charleston, allowing community members to have an increased access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables.

Our Get with the Guidelines quality improvement programs have impacted cardiovascular disease care for thousands of patients in Charleston. These programs provide local hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines to ensure the best care for patients.

2023 GOALS: We want to expand our financial support, grow our volunteer base, engage our community in creating a healthier environment, improve our educational programs, train more people in hands-only CPR, shed light on lifestyle changes to improve health, educate others to know their numbers, and change laws that will create a healthier community.


• Lowcountry Heart Walk, Feb. 25, 2023,

• Charleston Heart Ball, March 31, 2023,

• Go Red For Women Luncheon, May 25, 2023,


The American Heart Association accepts donations throughout the entire year. You can fund our lifesaving mission by supporting customized sponsorships that are centered around social media, blood pressure, CPR initiatives, workplace wellness programs and many more. You can also sponsor our many heart-healthy campaigns. Please email to find more ways to get involved.

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800.373.2384 | | A Life Plan Community in Charleston, SC Call 843.406.2502 for Career Services 2021 Giving by the Bishop Gadsden Community $151,161 total dollars in food donated $650,620 Bishop Gadsden’s Charitable Fund $323,920 Distributed to outside Charitable Organizations $525,000 Distributed to team members in thanks by residents and family members for an incredible year of dedication 33,444 meals provided to One80 Place $2,500 Charleston Animal Society $13,649 of in-kind items to My Sister’s House, Ansonborough House, Charleston County Public Library, SI Habitat for Humanity, James Island Outreach, Fresh Start Visions, Hope to Home $79,155 each to Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic, Charleston Area Senior Citizens, Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation, Tricounty Family Ministries $2,000 Be a Mentor $17,731 in Employee Assistance Loans and Grants $70,920 29 scholarships awarded to team members 7,547 volunteer hours equating to $215,391 investment in our community 900 plus toys for Habitat for Humanity and Toys for Tots$2,800 Vantage Point Foundation


Bishop Gadsden, a Life Plan Retirement Community, embraces God's call to ministry. We affirm positive living for all who live and work here. We serve with integrity. We exercise wise stewardship. We reach out with a generous spirit.


NAME OF YOUR ORGANIZATION: Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community


TOP LOCAL EXECUTIVE: Sarah Tipton, President/CEO


1 Bishop Gadsden Way Charleston, SC 29412 800-373-2384

Kimberly Borts, Vice President Mission and Communications

1 Bishop Gadsden Way Charleston, SC 29412 843-406-6334


IN 2021: While COVID continued to offer its challenges, we are proud that Bishop Gadsden residents and team members still were able to donate 7,547 hours of volunteer time. Bishop Gadsden also proudly continues to offer team members the opportunity to earn paid time off for volunteering in the outside community.


POPULATION SERVED: The greater Charleston area.

GREATEST NEED: The Bishop Gadsden Charitable Fund, the heart and soul of our philanthropic ministry at Bishop Gadsden. This fund assists our residents in need of financial assistance and supports our residentselected outreach efforts to the greater Charleston community. Residents choose the charitable organizations Bishop Gadsden, as a Community, will support through the Charitable Fund and smaller fundraisers. Additionally, team members support the Charitable Fund through the Employee Shining Star program.


• Donated 23,229 pounds of food to One80 Place, equaling $151,161 and 33,444 meals.

• $326,700 was donated to Bishop Gadsden Residents requiring financial assistance.

• Awarded $70,920 in Strongheart Employee Education Scholarships and Employee Assistance Fund Loans and Grants.

• Gave an estimated 7,547 volunteer hours, equating to a $215,391 investment in the greater community.

• Provided $13,649 of in-kind items to Ansonborough House, Charleston County Public Library, SI Habitat for Humanity, James Island Outreach, Fresh Start Visions, Hope to Home.

• Welcomed 175 employee team members as Shining Stars, contributing to the Charitable, Employee Assistance, and Strongheart Employee Education Scholarship Funds.

• Received a record $525,000 for the Annual Employee Appreciation Appeal. Each full-time team member received $1,850 as a thank you for an incredible year of dedication.

• Employees donated 900 plus toys for our 2021 Toy Drive for Sea Island Habitat for

Humanity and Toys for Tots.

• Since 2000, more than $9.3 million has been distributed to charitable causes.


• Bishop Gadsden’s Charitable Fund is currently raising funds for our 2022 Charitable Fund Grant Recipients.

• Bishop Gadsden closed the Our Shared Future Campaign. $7.5 million was raised to support our Gadsden Glen Center for Health and Rehab, which now offers expanded memory support services, skilled nursing care, and short-term rehab care to Bishop Gadsden residents and the greater Charleston Community.

2023 GOALS

• Award 2022 Grant Recipients in February 2023 with more than $150,000 from our 2022 Charitable Fund and complete the 2022 Charitable Fund Grant process.

• Encourage our team members to further their education and pay down debt incurred from previously completed education through our Strongheart Scholarship Program.

• Work to welcome those in the greater Charleston area when in need of short-term rehab by becoming a patient of our Christie Rehab Center in Gadsden Glen Health and Rehab Center.


Please contact Vice President of Mission and Communications Kimberly M. Borts for information on how Bishop Gadsden can work with corporations in supporting the Bishop Gadsden Community, as well as the greater Charleston Community.

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Morrison Yard is a proud partner of Charleston Promise Neighborhood and is committed to supporting its neighbor, Sanders-Clyde Elementary School. The brand-new mixed-use community just opened on the Upper Peninsula, bringing apartment homes, workspaces, shops, restaurants, and 1.5 acres of green space to Charleston’s growing and vibrant local community.

Morrison Yard is working closely with the City of Charleston to engage with the local community and is excited to spearhead neighborhood improvements and is committed to partnering with groups who share their mission in keeping Charleston an energetic, accessible, and special place to live.


Charleston Promise Neighborhood provides and facilitates comprehensive programs and services that support children, strengthen families, and mobilize residents to action.


CONTACT INFORMATION: 1834 Summerville Ave., Suite 200 Charleston, SC 29405 843-647-6209

CORPORATE GIVING CONTACTS: Abby Martin, Marketing & External Relations Manager 1834 Summerville Ave., Suite 200 Charleston, SC 29405 843-647-6209, ext. 20


TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET (2021-2022): $1.6 million


GEOGRAPHIC AREA OR SPECIFIC POPULATION SERVED:  The CPN “Neighborhood” is a 5.6-square-mile geographical area of Charleston County that straddles portions of the City of Charleston and the City of North Charleston, and coincides with the attendance zones of four Charleston County School District schools with high concentrations of children living in poverty: Chicora, James Simons, and SandersClyde Elementary Schools, and the Mary Ford Early Learning and Family Engagement Center.

GREATEST NEED: General Operating Support


2022 has been the first year since the COVID-19 pandemic postponed all gatherings that CPN has hosted in-person events. In May 2022, CPN partnered with the South Carolina Aquarium to host Family Science Night, an opportunity for the families and staff from our four partnering schools to be together in a fun, immersive and educational environment. Additionally, we have expanded our School Engagement and Community Engagement efforts by creating innovative programs that solve the unique challenges our community faces. These programs include our Fatherhood Initiative, Wellness Wednesdays and Pathways to Leadership. By providing these programs, we are ensuring that our “Neighbors” know that we are listening and that they can depend on us to respond.

2023 GOALS:

CPN will realize its strategic priorities in the Neighborhood through:

• Community Engagement Programs — that value resident leadership, rally residents toward action, convene stakeholders for learning and sharing, and promote residentled initiatives.

• Family & Parent Engagement Programs — that bring parents and families together to learn and grow, strengthen the family unit, support scholars’ academic and mental health, and increase parent advocacy.

• Health & Wellness Programs — that reduce health care access disparities through School Based Health Centers, telehealth services, mental and behavioral health supports, chronic disease management, and community partnerships that promote

increased health literacy and positive health outcomes.

FUNDRAISING EVENTS: Year-end match campaign, December 2022

CORPORATE GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: For more information on corporate partnership and philanthropic opportunities, please contact Abby Martin (abby. or Sherrie Snipes-Williams (sherrie.snipes-williams@


• Instagram: @charlestonpromiseneighborhood • LinkedIn: Charleston Promise Neighborhood •

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Lowcountry Food Bank serves more than 200,000 food-insecure neighbors every year in the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina.

We do this critical work with the help of over 250 partner agencies and community partners - a network of food pantries, on-site meal programs and school programs.

Our dedicated staff provides our partners with fresh fruits and vegetables, nutrition education and the equipment needed to distribute healthy food to people in need.

To best serve our most vulnerable populations, we identify locations that drive our commitment to provide equitable access to nutritious food. We target our food assistance initiatives and programs to reach disproportionately affected communities, individuals and families. Here are a few statistics that show our impact in 2021:

For more information call 843-747-8146 or visit

Millions Pounds of Food and Essential Items Distributed

Million Pounds of Food From Retailers That Would Otherwise Go To Waste

Million Meals Served


Volunteer Hours Worked

Miles Driven By LCFB Trucks



To lead the fight against hunger in our community.



YEAR ESTABLISHED LOCALLY: 1983. Lowcountry Food Bank will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2023!

TOP LOCAL EXECUTIVE: Nick Osborne, President and CEO

CONTACT INFORMATION: 2864 Azalea Drive North Charleston, S.C. 843-747-8146, ext. 104

CORPORATE GIVING CONTACTS: Brenda Shaw, Chief Development Officer 2864 Azalea Drive North Charleston, S.C. 843-747-8146

VOLUNTEERS IN 2021: 22,000 volunteer hours


GEOGRAPHIC AREA OR SPECIFIC POPULATION SERVED:  Food-insecure neighbors in Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper and Williamsburg counties.


Monetary donations to help create meals. Every $1 donation helps create six meals.


We continued to advance our technological innovations that ensure our food-insecure neighbors have equitable access to healthy food by pinpointing specifically where food distributions are most needed.

The Chefs’ Feast 2022 gala fundraiser was held in person again after virtual events during the pandemic. Chefs’ Feast is Lowcountry Food Bank’s annual event dedicated to raising funds for our programs that help fight childhood hunger in the 10 counties we serve. Our partner agencies/food pantries distribute nearly 90% of the food we procure for our neighbors. In 2022, we were able to host an engaging in-person Agency Conference once again, which provided our partner agencies/food pantries with best practices for food service, how to empower food-insecure neighbors through nutrition education, connected partner agencies with resources that enhance and support their operations and provided opportunities for professional development to help them best serve their communities. We implemented community-based, refrigerated storage for our partner agencies that allows greater flexibility for food distribution and the ability to store fresh and perishable produce longer.


• CHEFS’ FEAST: Our yearly event to raise funds for our programs that fight childhood hunger. More than 400 guests and community partners attended in 2022, and local chefs donate their time every year

to support our childhood hunger programs. 2023 will be the 24th annual Chef’s Feast, and the gala event, which is scheduled for Feb. 26, will kick off Lowcountry Food Bank’s 40th anniversary in operation.

• WALK TO FIGHT HUNGER: This annual family-friendly event aims to bring awareness to hunger issues in coastal South Carolina and raise funds for Lowcountry Food Bank programs, including Senior Meals, Childhood Hunger programs, and fresh produce options for the community. The Walk to Fight Hunger takes place during Hunger Action Month, where we join Feeding America food banks across the country to inspire people to take action and raise awareness of hunger issues.

• GIVING TUESDAY: A global giving movement and the opening day of the holiday giving season. Millions of people come together to support and champion causes they believe in and their communities.


• Fund a specific Lowcountry Food Bank program or sponsor an awareness campaign

• Sponsor and attend Chefs’ Feast, our premier gala fundraising event in February

• Challenge your customers and employees to give to the Lowcountry Food Bank through your company’s annual employee giving campaign

• Volunteer with your team at the Lowcountry Food Bank

• Host and Fund a Food Drive

• Provide in-kind donations to the Lowcountry Food Bank by donating products or professional services.

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The South Carolina Aquarium holds the firm belief that the solution to plastic pollution is in our hands, and the actions of each individual can help protect water, wildlife and wild places.

Thanks to Ingevity’s commitment, Aquarium guests can participate in finding solutions to plastic pollution in the Respond Gallery through interactive digital elements, original art and a collection of plastics removed from sea turtles. Ingevity is a litter-free leader, participating in litter sweeps and educating the public about plastic pollution.

You can help. To explore corporate opportunities with the Aquarium, call (843) 579-8600 or visit



To inspire conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and research and by providing an exceptional visitor experience. The South Carolina Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We rely on the support of our paying guests, members, foundations and the generosity of our donors.


NAME OF YOUR ORGANIZATION: South Carolina Aquarium


TOP LOCAL EXECUTIVE: Kevin Mills, President and CEO

CONTACT INFORMATION: 100 Aquarium Wharf Charleston, SC, 29401 843-577-FISH (3474)

CORPORATE GIVING CONTACT: Griffin Muli, Corporate and Institutional Giving Officer 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC, 29401 843-579-8600


TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET (2021-2022): $12.9 million


GEOGRAPHIC AREA OR SPECIFIC POPULATION SERVED: The South Carolina Aquarium welcomes over 470,000 guests through our doors each year to experience our state’s biodiversity, from mountains to coast. Beyond our walls, we drive innovation in the areas of conservation and sustainability through field work and global education outreach. Our education programs prioritize service for K–12 students across South Carolina who participate in SNAP/EBT, WIC Nutrition Program or the SC Voucher program, or attend Title I Schools.

GREATEST NEED: The Aquarium’s principal strategic priority is to deliver financial sustainability for our core mission programs. Animal care comprises the very foundation of that mission, and it is our goal to secure recurring, reliable funding for this work.


Landmark 2025 triumphantly returned as our road map to chart a path to a unified and connected east peninsula waterfront, as well as reimagine the exhibits and experiences within Aquarium walls.

Our Sea Turtle Care Center™ has released 21 rehabilitated sea turtles so far in 2022, bringing the Aquarium lifetime total of patient releases to 359. The Animal Care Sustainers Fund, a facet of Landmark 2025, has driven powerful movement in philanthropy, including our Charleston Coffee Roasters Nutritional Care Program, our Veterinary Innovation Program and our Animal Ambassador Program, all of which received a generous outpouring of support from our community.

2023 GOALS:

We are anticipating the opening of the Learning Lab in 2024, marking the emergence of the peninsula’s first dedicated interdisciplinary waterfront educational facility that will significantly increase our capacity to serve.


• Conservation Gala, 6-11 p.m., Nov. 19 at the South Carolina Aquarium. Join us for an evening of commemoration, conversation and conservation. This elegant gathering includes a cocktail reception, seated dinner and awards program and concludes with an after party featuring the Aquarium’s immersive holiday light spectacular, Aquarium Aglow.

• Sea Life by Starlight: A Night of Pure Imagination, 8–11 p.m., Dec. 10 at the South Carolina Aquarium. Claim your golden ticket to Sea Life by Starlight as we transform the Aquarium into a colorful, festive night of pure imagination! Indulge in a full bar, small plates, a silent auction, desserts, dancing and more while supporting the Sea Turtle Care Center.


Advance your business’s philanthropic goals in STEM education, sea turtle rehabilitation, wildlife conservation and more by partnering with the South Carolina Aquarium! From event sponsorships to Corporate Circle membership, we have numerous opportunities to complement your community engagement goals, complete with rewarding benefits for your employees. To discuss corporate giving opportunities, please contact Griffin Muli, corporate and institutional giving officer.

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United Way




is the leader in uniting our
to improve lives. We bring together people and organizations on the pressing issues that no single organization can solve alone. Across Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties we are focused on: Learn more about how you can get involved at YOU HELPED IMPROVE 263,000 LIVES LAST YEAR. Big things happen when our community comes together to take care of one another.

Trident United Way


MISSION - Trident United Way is a catalyst for measurable community transformation in education, financial stability and health. VISION - To be the leader in uniting our community to improve lives.



YEAR ESTABLISHED LOCALLY: 1944 – we are celebrating our 78th year of serving our community

TOP LOCAL EXECUTIVE: Brad Davis –Interim President and Chief Executive Officer

CONTACT INFORMATION: Administrative Offices: 6296 Rivers Ave., Suite 200, North Charleston, SC 29406 843-740-9000



CORPORATE GIVING CONTACT: Mike Gibbons, Associate Vice President of Corporate Partnerships 6296 Rivers Ave., Suite 200 North Charleston, SC 29406 843-740-7739

AVERAGE NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS IN 2021: 3,600 people volunteered in fiscal year July 2021 through June 2022

TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET (2020-2021): $7.3 million

GEOGRAPHIC AREA OR SPECIFIC POPULATION SERVED: Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.


• Human services organizations continue to need leaders who accelerate collaboration, solutions for sustainability and to leverage resources to address evolving challenges.

• COVID-19 adjacent needs for individual and families will continue to increase.

• Effective public-private partnerships are essential using existing expertise and systems of philanthropy.


• Led the convening of the Local Emergency Food and Shelter Bord, comprised of 11 nonprofits, to mobilize and deploy $942,000 in federal funds through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program –Phase 39 and American Rescue Plan Act.

• In partnership with the United Way Association of South Carolina, TUW served as subgrantee of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA) and was awarded $1.25M and administered subgrants to 18 local organizations providing housing stability services in Dorchester County.

• Completed year 2 of Literacy United at Mt. Zion Elementary – a partnership with Charleston County School District, The Lastinger Institute and local philanthropists bringing innovative, evidence-based reading interventions to students in grades K-2 and builds upon the success of Trident United Way’s Reading by Third initiative.

• 211 Information and Referral Assistance Service – agents fielded 13,700 calls across the Tri-County region and provided nearly 24,300 referrals and real-time information to assist with basic needs and stabilization;

• Free Tax Filing Assistance – in partnership with SC Thrive, supported clients with filing

more than 2,000 tax returns and saving an estimated $282,000 in filing fees and $1.37 million in refunds back into our community.

• Year 4 of implementing Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas Grant infusing nearly $200,000 annually into the community and focuses on healthy eating, active living and chronic disease prevention.

2023 GOALS:

• USDA Community Garden Grant –implementation of year 1 of three-year grant by identifying locations for community-led gardens in each county. This Federal grant will provide opportunities for community engagement that leads to healthier lifestyles and hyper-local access to fresh vegetables.

• Launch FoodShare Berkeley County program – working to close the gap in access to fresh fruits and vegetables with future plans to scale this “food as medicine” program in Charleston and Dorchester counties.

• Financial Stability Impact Area: Scale, reach and impact of wrap-around services for Tri-County through Resource Connection Center partnerships. New Resource Connection Center to open inside JK Gourdin Elementary School – supported by BCSD and AmeriCorps Member.

• Health Impact Area: Delivery of Tri-County Community Health Need Assessment Report, continue the Conversations on Race and Health Equity series of events with key partners MUSC Health, Roper St. Francis Healthcare.


• GivingTuesday – Tuesday, November 29, 2022 – A global, digital giving event Visit:

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TOP LOCAL EXECUTIVE:  George C. Greene IV PE, CEO and President


150 Molly Greene Way, Bldg. 1605 N. Charleston, SC 29405 843-769-7395

CORPORATE GIVING CONTACTS: David Inman, Senior Director, Global Partnerships

150 Molly Greene Way, Bldg. 1605 N. Charleston, SC 29405 843-769-7395


TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET (2021-2022): $38 million


GEOGRAPHIC AREA OR SPECIFIC POPULATION SERVED: Since 2001, Water Mission has served more than 7 million people in 58 countries. The organization has nine country offices across Africa, Asia, North, South and Central America, and the Caribbean.

GREATEST NEED:  2.2 billion people worldwide lack access to safe water, and one person dies every 37 seconds from water-related illness.


In 2021, we helped more than 1.4 million people. We provided safe water to more than 1 million people and sanitation and hygiene solutions to more than 120,000 people. We also responded to 10 disasters, serving more than 260,000 people.

2023 GOALS:

• Bring and sustain safe water access to at least 1 million people in rural communities, refugee settlements and areas affected by disasters.

• Reach survivors of natural disasters and humanitarian crises with access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene solutions while developing a best-in-class disaster response program.

• Train, equip and consult with 100 WASH organizations globally, helping them deliver safe water solutions.

FUNDRAISING EVENT: Walk for Water, March 25, 2023, Riverfront Park, North Charleston. Around the world, 2.2 billion people lack access to safe water. Millions of women and children walk more than three miles to collect water for their families every day. Often this water is not safe to drink, resulting in illness and even death. But we have the power to change this. Water Mission’s Walk for Water is a unique event where you have the opportunity to walk in the shoes of our global neighbors. By doing so, you raise awareness and funds to help end the global water crisis.


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• Walk for Water Sponsorship

• Disaster Response Gifts

• Grants

• Employee Volunteer Opportunities

• Gifts in Kind

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Volunteers make our communities better

The tireless efforts of those who volunteer their time and talent continue to enhance lives in the Lowcountry. From school supply and clothing drives to hammering nails in new home construction, these contributions are an invaluable component of the outreach programs run by area nonprofits.

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